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Ask a Trainer Video: Designing Microlearning

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

If there’s one thing I know to be true about our industry, is that we love buzzwords. Every couple of years a new and exciting “thing” sweeps our industry, and usually it comes with a lot of misunderstandings and conflicting opinions. I happen to believe that microlearning is one of these hot topics.

What is microlearning, when should you use it, and how long should it be? These are all questions you can find a dozen and a half answers to. So, for this month’s Ask a Trainer video, I decided to invite microlearning expert Carla Torgerson to join me in tackling your questions about designing microlearning.

Ask a Trainer Answers Your Questions About Designing Microlearning


What other tips do you have about designing microlearning? Comment below to share them.

Do you have a learning question you’d like me to tackle? You can email them to [email protected]. Also, make sure to visit the Ask a Trainer hub to check out your questions and my answers.

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About the Author

Tim Slade is a speaker, author, award-winning
e-learning designer, and author of The eLearning
Designer’s Handbook.

About the Author

Carla Torgerson has more than 15 years of experience as an instructional designer and instructional strategist. Always interested in the latest learning trends, she has authored numerous blogs and articles on a variety of topics, including eLearning, mobile learning, and microlearning. She also developed MILE, the MIcroLEarning Design Model© and is the author of The Microlearning Guide to Microlearning and Designing Microlearning (with Sue Iannone).

Carla has consulted with numerous Fortune 500 clients including McDonald’s, Netflix, Facebook, Twitter, Adobe, Express, Kellogg’s, University of Phoenix, Fidelity, Cargill, Medtronic, Merck, and Best Western. She has designed solutions ranging from $15,000 to more than $2 million.

Carla currently leads Learning Experience Strategy at TorranceLearning, diving in deep with some of our biggest and most complex client projects. TorranceLearning helps organizations connect learning strategy to design, development, data and ultimately performance. In addition to strategic consulting and design, Carla is the product manager for TorranceLearning’s Eleventure® course series and the ID Ways of Working (WoW!) professional development community.

Carla has a Master of Education (MEd) focused on technology-based education. She also has a Master of Business Administration (MBA), which helps her to see training through a business lens. She loves to travel and explore the country with her awesome husband, Tom, and their very curious eight-year-old son, John.

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